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this copy of windows is not genuine

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this copy of windows is not genuine

Postby ridon127 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:12 am

I gave the kids my hubby's laptop. they have managed to somehow to get a copy of windows 7 that isn't genuine on the computer. my password as admin doesn't work. I am can't figure out the password to do anything to the computer. I can't change programs, run a virus scan or nothing. Can someone tell me how to get my password? thanks
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Re: this copy of windows is not genuine

Postby Steve Grisetti » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:25 pm

Is your goal to remove the illegal copy of Windows 7?

Do you regularly back up your hard drive?
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Re: this copy of windows is not genuine

Postby ridon127 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:40 pm

it's the kids computer.. I don't back up files regularly if ever.. I have the key for the original windows but It won't let me log in as admin to change anything..
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Re: this copy of windows is not genuine

Postby Steve Grisetti » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:53 pm

You might need to wipe it and reinstall the original operating system.
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Re: this copy of windows is not genuine

Postby ridon127 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:55 pm

it won't let me do anything because I can't sign in as administrator.. I have tried.
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Re: this copy of windows is not genuine

Postby Bob » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:21 pm

If you have the installation disk from the original system, you should be able to boot from the disk and it will give you the option to format and install using your original key.

When your kids installed Win 7, they wiped out your original install. You no longer have an administrator account on that computer. That's a hacked version and won't be able to be updated. That makes it very vulnerable to malware. You need to get a legally licensed OS installed and talk to your kids about the ethics and legal liabilities of installing hacked software.
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Re: this copy of windows is not genuine

Postby ridon127 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:56 pm

I didn't get a cd when I purchased the computer. it isn't a big deal as it is an old computer. mine have passwords on them and they are not allowed to touch them.. they messed it up and they won't be getting a new one anytime soon... I have talked to them about things like that but it goes in one ear and out the other.. hopeful;;y they have learned from their mistakes.. thanks for the help.
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Re: this copy of windows is not genuine

Postby Chuck Engels » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:53 pm

Donna, I sent you a file in an email, let me know if you have any problems with it.
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Re: this copy of windows is not genuine

Postby ridon127 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:49 pm

thanks Chuck. I will give it a try tonight.. you da best!!
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